Idaho Waterfalls hint at this state’s balance between its agricultural reputation and wild nature. Perhaps more known for its potatoes or references in songs (e.g. Private Idaho by the B-52’s) as well as the university with the blue turf (Boise St), we got a glimpse of some of the superlative nature that the state has to offer during a trip to Yellowstone National Park where we made a detour along the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway and a trip to the Snake River Plains in the southern part of the state.
In our visits to this state, our preconceived notions of what we expected to see were shattered. On the one hand, we saw greenery when we passed through the state en route to Yellowstone. On the other hand, we saw a surprising amount of desert and desolation (even volcanic landscapes at the Craters of the Moon National Monument) throughout the majority of the southern part of the state, especially along the Snake River. Even a visit to the state’s capital in Boise surprised us with its downtown area where we swore it had more of a young, almost Portland or Seattle like vibe. Meanwhile, two hours further to the east, we saw city of Twin Falls doing its juggling act between tourist attraction, industry, sprawling suburbs, and agriculture.
We happened to see one of the largest waterfalls in the United States (when they’re in full flow, that is) in Shoshone Falls (i.e. “The Niagara of the West”) as well as another “mini-Niagara” in Upper Mesa Falls. We were also surprised when we saw a hidden gem in Jump Creek Falls with its picturesque canyon not far from Boise. We even saw a waterfall spilling right into the majestic Snake River at Fall Creek Falls.
Indeed, there’s lots to be seen and explored in the state, and we’re well aware that we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible here. So we expect to augment this page with more waterfalls with each trip to and through this state…
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